Should you replace or upgrade your guitar? Fender just gave you the answer with a whopping 20% off official parts and pickups

A selection of Fender pickups on a colorful background
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If you want to change the sound or playing feel of your instrument but don’t want to buy a whole new guitar, modding your current instrument can provide a massive performance upgrade without spending loads of cash. To make things a little easier for you, Fender is offering a massive 20% off parts and pickups at their official shop at the moment, with new necks, pickups, and loaded pickguards to upgrade your guitar.

From now until March 17th you can grab this discount on quality official Fender parts, including a selection of their highly sought-after necks. We don’t usually see reductions on these parts so it’s a great opportunity if you’re upgrading an existing guitar or building something from scratch.

Prewired Strat Pickguard Tex-Mex: $199.99, $159.99

Prewired Strat Pickguard Tex-Mex: <a href="https://www.prf.hn/click/camref:1011lqVf6/pubref:hawk-custom-tracking/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fender.com%2Fen-US%2Fparts%2Fpre-wired-pickguards%2Fpre-wired-strat-pickguard-tex-mex-sss%2F0992343506.html" data-link-merchant="fender.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$199.99, $159.99
A prewired pickguard is one of the easier upgrades to make, as all you’ll need to do to install is solder the output jack and ground wires, screw it into the guitar and you’re good to go. This particular one is loaded with higher output, Tex Mex Strat <a href="https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-single-coil-pickups" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="fender.com"">single coils, perfect for adding a bit more grunt to a more vintage-voiced guitar. With a $40 discount, it’s a great way to add some extra grit to your guitar tone.

Make sure to count the screw holes to see if they correspond with your guitar before you buy, and be aware that it won’t be a perfect fit on a Squier as they use different size pickguards. For any MIA, MIM, or MIJ <a href="https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-stratocasters-top-fender-stratocasters-for-every-budget" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="fender.com"">Stratocaster there shouldn’t be any issues doing a straight swap with your existing pickguard. 

P-Bass to J-Bass Conversion Neck: $399.99, $319.99

P-Bass to J-Bass Conversion Neck: <a href="https://www.prf.hn/click/camref:1011lqVf6/pubref:hawk-custom-tracking/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fender.com%2Fen-US%2Fparts%2Fnecks%2Fprecision-to-jazz-bass-conversion-neck-20-med-jumbo-frets-12-radius%2F0990303921.html" data-link-merchant="fender.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$399.99, $319.99
One of the most common upgrades for bassists is to change their <a href="https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-precision-bass" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="fender.com"">P-Bass neck to one from a <a href="https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-jazz-basses" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="fender.com"">Jazz Bass. Not only is it super easy to do, but the narrower width at the nut and taper moving down towards the body makes for a more comfortable playing experience with the lower notes, with more to grab onto when you get higher up the neck.

This conversion neck has got a gigantic $80 reduction in the sale and could be just the thing to totally revamp your P-Bass’s playability. For most guitars it should just be a straight swap, just make sure to unscrew each of the bolts in the back of the neck a little bit at a time so they come out evenly. This ensures the weight of the neck doesn’t strip the holes, preventing you from putting the new neck on. Once it’s off, repeat the steps in reverse and you’re good to go!

Fender Pure Vintage 65 Strat: $199.99, $159.99

Fender Pure Vintage 65 Strat: <a href="https://www.prf.hn/click/camref:1011lqVf6/pubref:hawk-custom-tracking/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fender.com%2Fen-US%2Fparts%2Fpickups-preamps%2Fpure-vintage-65-strat-pickups%2F0992237000.html" data-link-merchant="fender.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$199.99, $159.99
Changing pickups can make an average instrument into something really great. If you love the way a guitar plays but don’t get on with how it sounds, then swapping the pickups might be a better option than buying something new. These Pure Vintage 65 <a href="https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-strat-pickups" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="fender.com"">Strat pickups have got a tempting $40 discount, perfect for those who want classic Strat tone for less.

Unlike a loaded pickguard, this pickup set is likely to fit into pretty much any guitar with an SSS configuration, and will totally transform a Squier Strat from a beginner instrument into a much better sounding instrument. Changing pickups requires some knowledge of soldering and reading of wiring diagrams, but there are plenty of tutorials available online to get you pointing in the right direction.

Fender Player Tele neck: Was $299.99, now $239.99

Fender Player Tele neck: <a href="https://www.prf.hn/click/camref:1011lqVf6/pubref:hawk-custom-tracking/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fender.com%2Fen-US%2Fparts%2Fnecks%2Fplayer-series-telecaster-reverse-headstock-neck-22-medium-jumbo-frets-9.5-modern-c%2F0995263921.html" data-link-merchant="fender.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Was $299.99, now $239.99
Not everyone is going to love a reverse headstock neck we’ll admit, but if you like a modern look for your guitar it’s a great way to refresh your instrument. This Player Tele neck comes with a truss rod already installed, a ‘guide’ cut nut to give you a headstart on shaping your nut, and with a $60 discount, it’s an excellent addition to a new project or existing instrument.

This neck has 22 medium jumbo frets, a Fender modern ‘C’ profile, a ‘skunk’ stripe along the back, and you can choose a Maple or Pau Ferro fingerboard too. You could run into issues doing a straight swap with anything other than a <a href="https://www.guitarworld.com/features/best-telecasters-fender-guitars" data-link-merchant="guitarworld.com"" data-link-merchant="fender.com"">Telecaster so once again, we’d recommend doing some research before you buy. Another thing to note with a reverse headstock is you’ll need a set of left-handed tuners as a right-handed set will wind the wrong way. 

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

 

I’m a Junior Deals Writer at Guitar World. I regularly test and review music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, and pedals, as well as being responsible for over 60 buying guides, and helping musicians find the best deals on gear. I worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars, and have written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. 


I’m a regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands covering everything from jazz to djent. When I’m not buying new plugins for my studio or guitar pedals for my pedalboard, you’ll find me making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS